Brash controversial, two time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are NWA also known as Niggaz Wit Attitude is stapled in Hip hop history as one of the most prolific founders of gangsta rap. Hailing from Compton California, the group was constantly embroiled in controversy due to the explicit lyrics that were considered to glorify drugs and crime, along with being disrespectful to women. As a result, the group was banned from many mainstream radio stations. In spite of this, the group has sold over 10 million units in the United States alone.
NWA’s original lineup consisted of Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube. MC Ren joined in 1988, slightly before the departure of Arabian Prince. One year later, Ice Cube left the group over royalty disputes. Despite the abrupt division, Ice Cube along with Eazy E and Dr. Dre went on to become platinum-selling solo artists in the 1990s.
Despite being frowned upon by the FBI, LAPD, and a few US Senators, Their debut album Straight Outta Compton was received well within the hip hop community. The album went double platinum, becoming the first album to reach that status without any airplay or major tours.
With so much acclaim, how is it possible that the story of these iconic hip hop artists have failed to be reproduced in film? Well, the wait is finally over. After nearly six years, with the blessing of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Wright, Universal’s N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton has been brought to fruition and is set to be presented in August of this year.
Who has the boldness, brashness, and prowess to portray the Compton Kings? So far, three have been mentioned. Jason Mitchell will portray Eazy-E, Marcus Callendar will portray Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. will follow in his dad’s acting footsteps by portraying his dad in the film. It has been said that Dr. Dre desired for Michael B Jordan to play him, but due to schedule conflicting, Mr. Jordan was unable to do so
While Callendar and Jackson Jr. will be making their acting debuts, Mitchell will be starring in his fifth film, with 2012′s Contraband being his biggest role to date.
With so much anticipation, Straight Outta Compton should be exactly what the Hip hop community needs.